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Catamount Community Radio - January 12, 2014

Got a late start today, not as bad as last week, but late enough that I needed to drive. I want to ride my bike today, so I put it in the back of my wagon, and off I went. When I got down to the four-lane, I saw that there had been an accident. There was a state trooper, a sheriff's deputy, some firemen, a wrecker, and a couple semi-smashed cars. How anybody could wreck there is beyond me. Sunday morning, good weather, good visibility, hardly any traffic, must have been either taking chances or distracted. Somebody cruised through a red light.

- Darling, I've got some good news and some bad news.
- I don't know if I can take any more bad news. Give me the good news.
- The air bags in the car, they work.

I had an expanded cover contest today; eight songs rather than the usual four. All the covers were done by Johnny Cash, the question is, whose tunes are they? Jim Dandy and Mary Ellen tie for the win; Susan in third place, just behind the other two.

1. Don't Think Twice, It's Alright - Bob Dylan

2. Sunday Morning Coming Down - Kris Kristofferson. I think in this case the cover is more famous than the original, which, if you think about it, is a good idea for a cover contest: I could play originals, and have the listeners guess who it was, and then for a second part, who had the big hit with the tune.

"The beer I had for breakfast wasn't bad, so I had one more for dessert / Then I fumbled in my closet through my clothes
And found my cleanest dirty shirt."

Nick Lowe alludes to this in one of his tunes, "Lately I've Let Things Slide":

I go to the bin, I throw the laundry in,
and pick out the cleanest shirt
When once again I'm seized
by exquisite hurt.

3. Hidden Shame - Elvis Costello

4. Personal Jesus - Depeche Mode

5. Gentle on my Mind - John Hartford, but a big hit for Glen Campbell. I remember digging this tune way back when I was a kid. I liked the line about the "sleeping bag rolled up behind your couch." I always associate with a certain type of weather: cold, with big snow flakes falling, but at the same time sunny. In those days I didn't catch the references to hoboing that are now obvious to me.

6. Hurt - Nine Inch Nails. Trent Reznor on Cash's version:

"I pop the video in, and wow... Tears welling, silence, goose-bumps... Wow. [I felt like] I just lost my girlfriend, because that song isn't mine anymore... It really made me think about how powerful music is as a medium and art form. I wrote some words and music in my bedroom as a way of staying sane, about a bleak and desperate place I was in, totally isolated and alone. [Somehow] that winds up reinterpreted by a music legend from a radically different era/genre and still retains sincerity and meaning — different, but every bit as pure."

7. Without Love - Nick Lowe. For a time, Nick Lowe was Johnny Cash's son-in-law. I think they remained on good terms. Cash covered another of Lowe's tunes, "The Beast in Me" (which, by the way, was used in "The Sopranos" - Nick Lowe's version, not Cash's)

8. The Man Who Couldn't Cry - Loudin WainWright III, From Chapel Hill, NC, and father of Rufus and Martha. I think this is the best lyric of the day:

There once was a man, and he couldn't cry
He hadn't cried for years and for years
Napalmed babies and movie love stories
For instance could not produce tears
As a child he had cried as all children will
Then at some point his tear ducts all ran dry
He grew to be a man, it all hit the fan
Things got bad, but he couldn't cry

His dog got ran over, his wife up and left him
And after that he got sacked from his job
Lost his arm in a war, was laughed at by a whore
Ah, but sill not a sniffle or sob

Well, his novel was refused and his movie was panned
His big Broadway show was a flop

He got sent off to jail; you guessed it, no bail
Oh, but still not a dribble or drop

In jail he was beaten, bullied and buggered
And made to make license plates
Water and bread was all he was fed
But not once did a tear stain his face

Doctors were called in, scientists too
Theologians were last and practically least

They all agreed sure enough; this is no cream puff
But in fact an insensitive beast

He was taken from jail and placed in a place
For the insensitive and the insane
He made a lot of friends and played a lot of chess
And he wept every time it would rain

Once it rained forty days and it rained forty nights
And he cried and he cried and he cried and he cried

On the forty-first day, he passed away
He just dehydrated and died

He went up to heaven, located his dog
After that, he rejoined his arm
Below, all the critics, they loot it all back
Cancer robbed the whore of her charm

His ex-wife died of stretch marks, his ex-employer went broke
The theologians were finally found out

Right down to the ground, the jail house burned down
The earth suffered perpetual drought

Catamount Community Radio, Sunday mornings 10-12 (right coast) on WWCU-FM. 90.5 on your FM dial in the Whee, and from Maine to Spain on the internet.

1. Dave Douglas – Poses
2. Neil Young – This Old Guitar
3. Marcus Roberts – Hidden Hues
4. Johnny Cash – Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright
5. Nicholas Payton – After You’ve Gone
6. Johnny Cash – Sunday Morning Coming Down
7. Kenny Burrell – Azure Te
8. Yusef Lateef – Jungle Fantasy
9. Roy Eldridge & Oscar Peterson – Between the Devil & the Deep Blue Sea
10. Johnny Cash – Hidden Shame
11. Aki Takase – Solitude
12. Johnny Cash – Hidden Shame
13. Abdullah Ibrahim – Calypso Minor Remixed
14. Joel Fraham & Brad Mehldau – Away From Home
15. Johnny Cash – Gentle on my Mind
16. Sarah Vaughan – Black Coffee
17. Dizzy Gillespie – Blue n’ Boogie
18. Bill Charlap – Glitter and be Gay
19. Johnny Cash – Hurt
20. Johnny Cash – Without Love
21. Prince Lasha & Sonny Simmons – Congo Call
22. John Kirby – Coquette
23. Tony Bennett – Last Night When We Were Young
24. Johnny Cash – The Man Who Couldn’t Cry
25. Professor Longhair – Her Mind is Gone
26. Rodrigue Milien – Nos gaté


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